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Largest Information Technology Sector: 1stMost Advanced Public Education: 1stLargest Cheese Export Sector: 2nd
The Eternal Misfortune of
Psychotic Dictatorship
Stop Reading My Motto!
Influence
Minnow
Civil Rights
Some
Economy
Frightening
Political Freedom
Few

Overview Policies People Government Economy Rank Trend Cards

Heliosphere

Population14.321 billion

CapitalHeliosphere City
LeaderLeader
FaithAtheism

CurrencyNova
AnimalMeteor

The Eternal Misfortune of Heliosphere is a gargantuan, orderly nation, ruled by Leader with an iron fist, and notable for its prohibition of alcohol, smutty television, and unlimited-speed roads. The compassionate, cynical, humorless population of 14.321 billion Heliospherans are ruled without fear or favor by a psychotic dictator, who outlaws just about everything and refers to the populace as "my little playthings."

The large, corrupt, socially-minded government prioritizes Education, although Environment, Industry, and Healthcare are also considered important, while Spirituality and Defense aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Heliosphere City. The income tax rate is 100%.

The frighteningly efficient Heliospheran economy, worth a remarkable 9,264 trillion Novas a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is an enormous, deeply entrenched, quite specialized black market in Information Technology and Cheese Exports. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is a breathtaking 646,948 Novas, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Urban parents tell their children that the family car went to a farm upstate, exam halls are littered with used needles and empty pill bottles, cash-strapped junkies lick rabbits for a cheap high, and employers are finding it hard to screen candidates now that everyone gets A grades in their exams. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Heliosphere's national animal is the Meteor, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests, and its national religion is Atheism.

Heliosphere is ranked 160,405th in the world and 6,566th in the South Pacific for Largest Publishing Industry, scoring 1,068.31 on the Bella Potter Productivity e-Index.

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Largest Information Technology Sector: 1stMost Advanced Public Education: 1stLargest Cheese Export Sector: 2ndMost Scientifically Advanced: 17thMost Secular: 17thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 30thHighest Poor Incomes: 32ndMost Subsidized Industry: 41stSmartest Citizens: 43rdMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 56thMost Beautiful Environments: 89thLargest Black Market: 118thHighest Average Incomes: 127thMost Efficient Economies: 179thBest Weather: 248thMost Developed: 257thLongest Average Lifespans: 274thLargest Governments: 301stHighest Average Tax Rates: 311thLowest Crime Rates: 328thMost Corrupt Governments: 400thMost Inclusive: 474thHighest Economic Output: 764thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 798thHealthiest Citizens: 802ndMost Pacifist: 940thMost Advanced Public Transport: 1,065thHighest Food Quality: 1,280thMost Compassionate Citizens: 2,117thTop
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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 4,160thHighest Wealthy Incomes: 4,264thMost Income Equality: 11,235thLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 13,872ndTop
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Most Advanced Law Enforcement: 20,200thLargest Populations: 22,367thMost Authoritarian: 22,451stMost Influential: 27,765th
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Largest Information Technology Sector: 1st in the regionLargest Cheese Export Sector: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 1st in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 1st in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 2nd in the regionSmartest Citizens: 2nd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 3rd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 3rd in the regionMost Secular: 3rd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 4th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 5th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 6th in the regionLargest Black Market: 6th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 8th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 11th in the regionLargest Governments: 13th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 14th in the regionMost Developed: 14th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 14th in the regionBest Weather: 15th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 17th in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 19th in the regionMost Inclusive: 19th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 22nd in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 25th in the regionMost Pacifist: 25th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 30th in the regionHighest Food Quality: 43rd in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 62nd in the regionHighest Wealthy Incomes: 114th in the regionTop
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Highest Foreign Aid Spending: 119th in the regionLargest Populations: 226th in the regionLargest Furniture Restoration Industry: 390th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 401st in the regionMost Income Equality: 458th in the regionMost Stationary: 553rd in the regionTop
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Nudest: 587th in the regionMost Authoritarian: 1,055th in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Heliosphere, employers are finding it hard to screen candidates now that everyone gets A grades in their exams.
  • : Following new legislation in Heliosphere, cash-strapped junkies lick rabbits for a cheap high.
  • : Following new legislation in Heliosphere, exam halls are littered with used needles and empty pill bottles.
  • : Following new legislation in Heliosphere, urban parents tell their children that the family car went to a farm upstate.
  • : Following new legislation in Heliosphere, all statues and paintings of dogs are being destroyed to avoid offending cat-lovers.
  • : Following new legislation in Heliosphere, you're never too young to learn how to lie with confidence.
  • : Following new legislation in Heliosphere, fast-food chefs regularly win Health Innovation Awards for spitting on burgers.
  • : Following new legislation in Heliosphere, children are brainwashed at a young age to accept "love and peace!" as a way of life.
  • : Following new legislation in Heliosphere, weird kids who eat bugs are breaking the law.
  • : Following new legislation in Heliosphere, an aboriginal talking stick is used for leaders' debates at election time.

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